Menopause / Pre-menopause

Menopause is defined as - the cessation of a woman’s menstrual cycle for one year, after her last period.

What causes a difficult menopause?

Poor nutritional choices, erratic lifestyle, stress could all be factors that build-up to a tough menopause. Usually a difficult time during the menstrual cycles (PMS) itself is an indicator.

How does Shonali help?

Menopause or pre-menopause can be a tough time in a woman’s life, and woman needs to stay on top of this phase with her diet and lifestyle. Shonali has helped many women take charge and balance out their hormones in such a way to sail through an easier menopause and handle the pre-menopause phase very well. On a menopause diet, she sets the tone in a woman’s life where because dietary changes are made, it impacts overall endocrine and adrenal system to normalize hormonal imbalance. Her recommendations go beyond diet, since she is a certified yoga Pilates teacher, to include certain yoga Pilates exercises as well to balance out the hormones.

Shonali’s approach relies on the tenets of Macrobiotic philosophy: using the oriental system of ‘facial diagnosis,’ and touch meridian diagnosis (if needed) to analyze the strength and health of your organs. Her framework (like Ayurveda) relies on using the foundation of analyzing your constitution (that which you were born with: blueprint from your parents) and condition (that which you have created growing up). Macrobiotic philosophy uses the ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ elements of ‘energy’ or ‘prana’ to help her diagnose everything you are or do. This is her training and USP and how she actually zeroes in on your diagnosis and further prognosis.

She uses the food tools and the principles of the Macrobiotic approach to aim at: strengthening your gut, detoxify you of all the accumulated toxins (‘ama’ in Ayurveda plus any accumulation of bad gut bacteria causing ‘dysbiosis’ i.e., when bad bacteria outweigh the beneficial ones) and balance the body’s pH. Her approach is to make you identify the toxins you are consuming from foods, the environment and your lifestyle; and get rid of them. Plus bring in food-elements to clean up your gut to help you detoxify. She then layers this with the use of holistic natural everyday foods; using her knowledge of balancing the ‘foods’ and ‘cooking styles’ used to give you the required strength to overcome your ailment and encourage balance.

Menopause / Pre-menopause

Number of Cases


Jyotsna Bakshi
School Teacher

AGE 45

“I suffered with very severe PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) all my life, his was because I also had PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). I did not realize till I met Shonali that this would lead me to a tough menopause. I wish I had met her earlier and now since my daughter is going through the same issue, she has already started seeking guidance from Shonali. Being a teacher, I feel educating our girls on how to eat in this chaos of junk food that has now come about in India is very important. My pre-menopause years were terrible, and if it was not for Shonali’s approach I would have been a mess. She set my diet right, which resulted in lesser bleeding, more normal estrogen levels, and all the symptoms associate with menopause came under control slowly or the frequency (mood swings and hot flashes) came down.”

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